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5 Channel Partner Updates: Thursday 13 September 2018

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Good morning, channel partners. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Thursday, September 13, 2018.

Actually, there are 20 timely updates designed for VARs, managed services providers (MSPs), cloud services providers (CSPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), telco master agents and telco agents to sip on. Take a look:

20. Oracle Cloud Strategy Debate — and Divorce?: Oracle President Thomas Kurian and Chairman Larry Ellison apparently have a difference of opinion on Oracle’s cloud strategy, according to Bloomberg. Kurian, who took an unexplained leave of absence earlier this month, apparently wants Oracle to expand its support for Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Such a move would essentially confirm what the rest of the world already knows: Oracle is strong in SaaS, but Oracle’s IaaS platform trails Azure and AWS, and the market share gap is widening. Ellison, meanwhile, apparently doesn’t want to follow Kurian’s multi-cloud recommendations, according to Bloomberg.

19. Pivotal Cloud Revenue Concerns: Pivotal’s Q2 fiscal year 2019 revenues reached $164.4 million — up 30 percent year over year. However, the company’s stock fell about 24 percent amid Wall Street’s concerns about future revenues.

18. Cloud and Disaster Recovery Survey Results: Unitrends has unveiled its fourth annual cloud and disaster recovery survey results. MSP Hook: Kaseya acquired Unitrends as part of a cloud-based data protection strategy for MSPs earlier this year.

17. NoSQL Database Protection: Rubrik has launched Datos IO 3.0, the latest release of its data protection platform for NoSQL databases. Platform now extends from Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud to Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud. It’s also available as a Docker container and Amazon Machine Image (AMI), targeting microservices-based applications and cloud-native deployments, the company says. Rubrik has been one of the fastest-growing data protection, backup and disaster recovery software companies in recent quarters.

16. Dell EMC & Service Providers: Dell EMC has launched multiple solutions for large service providers. The offerings include:

  • Dell EMC Virtual Edge Platform now supports VMware vSphere 6.7;
  • VMware vCloud NFV 3.0 to help telcos accelerate cloud services deployments; and
  • EMC Service Provider Analytics Ready Architectures from partners Cardinality and Zaloni.

15. Dell EMC SMB Storage: Dell EMC also unveiled new SMB storage solutions.

14. Partnership – BT & RingCentral: BT has enhanced and extended its cloud phone solution, hosted by RingCentral, to meet the needs of medium and large enterprise customers, the two companies say.

13. Partnership – Veeam and Lenovo: Veeam and Lenovo have inked a global partnership. Customers can purchase Veeam Intelligent Data Management solutions with Lenovo Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) and Storage Area Network (SAN) offerings directly from Lenovo and its resellers in a single transaction. The partnership is similar to Veeam engagements with HP Enterprise and Cisco Systems, among other enterprise players. Fast-growing Veeam, on track to become a $1 billion company very soon, is striving to balance traditional partner and CSP relationships with enterprise-class strategic alliances.

12. Partnership – NetApp and Lenovo: The companies are partnering to promote high-performance computing and flash storage solutions.

11. Funding – Cloud Storage: Carbonite Founder David Friend is playing an encore. His cloud storage startup, Wasabi, has secured a robust $68 million Series B funding round after less than 18 months as an enterprise. We’ll share more details soon.

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